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Akiyama goes deep as Lions top Buffaloes

Kyodo

Shogo Akiyama hit a three-run homer and Takayuki Kishi pitched seven effective innings as the Seibu Lions beat the Orix Buffaloes 6-2 on Monday.

Akiyama’s second home run in as many days capped a four-run seventh inning that gave the Lions a 5-1 lead at Seibu Dome after Chris Carter singled in the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit RBI single.

Kishi (8-8) allowed one run and four hits, striking out seven and walking three. Orix’s 2012 opening day starter Alfredo Figaro (0-5) remained winless after giving up three runs in 6⅔ innings.

Lee Dae Ho hit his Pacific League-leading 17th home run with a solo shot in the eighth for Orix. Seibu has won five of its last six games with a tie.